Category Archives: Packaging Recycling

06Mar

PolymerCare resets expectations

Posted on 6th March, 2017

Following the recent announcement that WasteCare had launched a service for recycling post-consumer waste plastics, the WasteCare Group has since acquired the assets of Kent based Recapture Plastics Ltd to form a new business PolymerCare Ltd. Graeme Parkin, Chief Operating Officer of the WasteCare Group praised the commitment and expertise of the existing management and…

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06Mar

Retailers called on to act over labelling and food waste

Posted on 6th March, 2017

Retailers could help cut an estimated 350,000 tonnes of avoidable household food waste per year by making changes to packaging and ‘Use By’ dates, claims a report and survey by the resources charity WRAP. The Retailer Survey – which is used to shape WRAP’s work on meeting the retail sector’s Courtauld Commitment 2025 – is…

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06Mar

Packaging recycling at 8.2m tonnes in 2016

Posted on 6th March, 2017

The amount of packaging recycled or recovered in the UK is likely to be an estimated 8.2 million tonnes in 2016.  The figure is derived from monthly reporting figures for the UK’s packaging waste system recorded between 1 January 2016 and 10 February 2017. While the official overall figures for 2016 will not be revealed…

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02Nov

Packaging targets on course to be met

Posted on 2nd November, 2016

Latest data on the collection of packaging waste for recycling suggests that targets for 2016 are on course to be met comfortably by the end of the year. Data published last month on the government’s National Packaging Waste Database website shows that tonnages collected for glass, aluminium, plastic and steel all are currently at levels required…

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03Mar

Draft packaging data published for 2015

Posted on 3rd March, 2016

Interim packaging waste data has been published for the final quarter of 2015 – providing some comfort to the PRN market and companies that recycling targets have been met. Early figures released by the Environment Agency show that all the packaging targets were met but with some materials expected to have started 2016 in a better…

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01Dec

Paper PRNs increase to £5 per tonne

Posted on 1st December, 2015

The PRN sector continues to be full of surprises. After the value of aluminium PRNs (packaging waste recovery notes) rose earlier this year, it has now fallen back. But paper PRNs have risen due to increased pressure to meet the packaging recovery obligation in the final quarter of 2015. Paper PRNs are generally issued by…

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03Aug

Latest packaging data confirms aluminium shortfall

Posted on 3rd August, 2015

Packaging waste recycling and recovery data for the second quarter of 2015 has confirmed a shortfall in the amount of aluminium packaging waste being sent for recycling. Under producer responsibility regulations governing packaging, producers have an obligation to pay towards the cost of recycling a proportion of the packaging they place on the market and…

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01Jun

Demand for environmentally friendly industrial packaging stacks up

Posted on 1st June, 2015

PackCare is a key division of the Wastecare Group. Based in Leeds and with nationwide coverage, they supply a wide range of reconditioned UN-certified industrial containers ranging from 10lt up to 1000lt IBCs. Existing WasteCare clients not only get preferential transport rates but also enjoy competitive rates for all types of new and reconditioned containers….

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01Jun

Packaging firms oppose Scottish container deposit idea

Posted on 1st June, 2015

Scotland, which is seen by some recycling lobbyists as setting the pace in recycling, has through its Zero Waste Scotland organisation come up with proposals for deposits on drinks containers. Research for Zero Waste Scotland has suggested that a deposit scheme could work alongside the existing packaging waste legislation involving PRNs and has called for…

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01May

Packaging data puts pressure on aluminium sector

Posted on 1st May, 2015

For those with significant volumes of packaging waste – metal, glass, plastics and paper – the latest data for the UK’s packaging waste recycling system, based on PRNs, made interesting reading. For example, they showed that changes to scrap metal protocols appeared to have led to a shortfall in the amount of aluminium packaging recovered…

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